In case you missed it, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest leader VP level FTE of the free world to espouse the benefits of having his underlings print stuff out for him to chew on. Damn kids! Where's my digital information printed out on something I can take notes on? Or use to throw away my gum? BTW, I'm almost out of Big Red - send the intern to the store.
OK, let's look at the quote and analyze it after the jump. More from Newsweek:
The Texan was speaking to his predecessor Condeleezza Rice at a Stanford University event on Wednesday, at which he said the president is "world-class at social media," on which he reaches millions of people via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with messages that sometimes even his own team remain unaware of.
"The challenge is getting caught up because I don't even have a Twitter account that I can follow what he is tweeting, so my staff usually has to print his tweets out and hand them to me," Tillerson told Rice."
Random and at times, astute thoughts on this:
1. Condi is pressing her tongue against her teeth - or whatever method she uses - not to laugh out loud at Tillerson thinking he's being cool with this response.
2. It's hard when you have an otherwise talented boss ask you for something stupid. Sometimes the caveman just wants to eat, and it's easier to serve him the Brontosaurus than walk him through the issues.
3. There would be A LOT MORE DINOSAURS in the world receiving this level of service. But most of us saw administrative assistants go away in the 1990s, never to return. So while this type of story is rare, it would be more common had the great OD plague of the 1990 not wiped 80% of the admins from the face of the earth.
4. Tillerson has a legitimate security concern in not having a twitter account. But I'm pretty sure that there's an analyst at the State Department that can set up autoforwarding to his smart phone via email or even a secure app - let's name it Sexy Rexy - and have it pop the minute Trump tweets.
5. And yes, someone close to Tillerson has to tell him how bad this makes him look and help him at least have the appearance of looking digital.
It's one thing to have Marge print out the tweets. It's another thing to tell the world you're on top of twitter and use it for policy by - wait for it - printing stuff from "The Twitter Thing" out.